Make it cocktail hour every day with the best bars in SW1 and their signature blends.
Ask for… Rose Soda
Tastes like… Spring in full bloom
Nordic-French restaurant Aster is showcasing cocktails with serious flower power this spring. Our pick from the newly launched Flower Hour menu is the Rose Soda, a refreshing and pretty-as-a-picture tipple comprising of rosebud-infused gin, rose petal syrup, lime juice and egg white, topped with soda water.
Aster, 150 Victoria Street, Nova Food, SW1E 5LB; aster-restaurant.com
Drunken Oyster at Hai Cenato
A punchy number… Negrose
Tates like… La dolce vita
When making a pit stop at Jason Atherton's new concept restaurant, don't miss the standalone Drunken Oyster bar for an aperitif or two. The New York-Italian theme is carried nicely into the bars signature 'taptails', with the standout being the Negrose – a punchy number comprised of Fords gin, Cocchi Rosa vermouth, Campari, strawberry and tonka.
Hai Cenato, Nova Food, 2 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ; haicenato.co.uk
Perfect this season… The Bee’s Knees'
Tastes like… An English country garden
Bill's proudly showcases quintessentially British ingredients across all its menus. This seasonal new cocktail, created especially for an installation at Kew Gardens, is a simple yet sublime mix of homemade gin and honey with fresh orange and lemon juice.
Bill’s, 6 Cathedral Walk, SW1E 5JE; bills-website.co.uk
A Spanish twist… Cava Sangría
Tastes like… Sun, sea and sand
Sangria is a summer staple, something to enjoy whether you're holidaying in Barcelona or Blackpool. Try Ibérica where you'll find Victoria’s contemporary twist on Spain’s most famous tipple, mixed with sparkling cava instead of red wine. Totally delicious and devilishly moreish, whatever the weather.
Ibérica, 5-6 Zig Zag, 68 Victoria Street, SW1E 6SQ; ibericarestaurants.com
M Victoria St
A classic choice… M Martini
Tastes like… Playing poker in Casino Royale
Whether you like it shaken or stirred, the Martini is an undisputed classic cocktail. And at M Victoria St, the M Martini is their undisputed standout drink. This potent tipple is kept nice and simple, with just a hint of violet adding an unexpected twist. It's served in a dainty triangular glass sat in an orb of crushed ice, making it one of the coolest cocktails you can order.
M, Zig Zag Building, 74 Victoria St, SW1E 6SQ; mrestaurants.co.uk
A Smokin’ tipple… Ritual Incense
Tastes like… Cruising the Caribbean
Instagram filters at the ready for Timmy Green’s smokin' signature tipple – a sophisticated blend of orange and clove bourbon, Bitter Truth Pimento Dram (a spicy liqueur from Jamaica) and Marolo Vino Chinato.
Timmy Green, 11 Sir Simon Milton Square, Nova Food, SW1E 5DD; daisygreenfood.com